Health Care And Environment As Top Concerns Of Women Business Owners

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Nearly two- thirds of women business owners surveyed also believe that global warming and environmental changes will affect them professionally and/or personally.

These results of a national bipartisan survey of women business owners were released today by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), the nation's largest bipartisan women's business group. "What Business Women Want" is an annual poll conducted by WIPP to gain insight on issues affecting women-owned businesses.

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"Women entrepreneurs have a unique perspective on national issues because they are the only demographic with their finger on the pulse of both the business and the family wallets," said WIPP President Barbara Kasoff. "WIPP's surveys continue to be an accurate forecast of public opinion on economic issues because the results reveal common sense and common ground across party lines. We will continue working with Congress and the Administration for common sense solutions that foster growth of America's 10.6 million women- owned businesses."

While this was the fifth year that health care concerns were ranked number one, in a significant shift from previous surveys, half of those surveyed did not believe that business should be the main provider of health care coverage. The survey respondents also were definitive in discussing possible solutions to the health care crisis.

Concern about energy costs ranked as the second most critical issue at 52%. More than half of all businesses (52%) said they have plans to alter business practices to either conserve energy or become more environmentally friendly, and 35% reported offering technological initiatives and/or business/service product offerings to increase energy efficiencies.

Two-thirds of the respondents believe that global warming and environmental changes will affect them or their businesses, and 45% want to see the government use both incentives and regulations to encourage conservation.

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